Andy Steele - Jackpipper

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Andy Steele - Jackpipper

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My goal for Jackpiper was to mimic a turn of the century portrait of a proud soldier adorning his pipes. I have always been fascinated with pictures of warriors long since dead, but shining with youthful patriotism. My work usually showcases a collage of multicultural fashions and religious themes mismatched together to create my own historical narrative. In this case, nothing can be added to this traditional Scottish wardrobe that could make a uniform more impressive. Bagpipes in particular have always held a special place in my heart. It is an instrument that strikes tones of haunting lament and intimidating pride, an instrument to be played at funerals and celebrations. My choice to use a rabbit was because in many cultures they are seen as symbols of luck and abundance. My intent was to marry the themes of the agile furry prey with the glowing display of his heritage like a parading peacock in an ancient black and white snapshot in time.